Title: Stillhouse Lake
Series: Stillhouse Lake #1
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: Published July 1, 2017
Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.
With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.
But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.
Gina Royal's life changes in a second. Literally. She goes from being a housewife, the mother of two kids, Lily and Brady, to the wife of a serial killer.
"It’s not a doll. "
In the aftermath, she and her kids will be ostracized and persecuted.
Four years later, she's living in Stillhouse, a small town where she hopes she can keep a low profile. She goes by the name of Gwen Proctor. A woman who's reserved and paranoid about her security. She has learned how to shoot and she's ready to protect her kids (now named Atlanta and Connor) from all the psychos out there.
“Gina’s long dead, and I don’t mourn her”
Gwen mistrusts everyone. She blames herself for not realizing who Melvis was/still is. She and her kids have moved around frequently and have changed their identities multiple times with the help from an anonymous hand who goes by the name of Absalom.
Gwen finally thinks she can start putting some roots down. Keep the kids in the local school and maybe have a life. But best-laid plans sometimes have a way of failing and when the body of a woman surfaces from the lake, Gwen knows something bad is coming for her. The death of the woman has eerie similarities to the way Melvis used to dispose of his victims. This death so close to Gwen's house will attract the attention of the police and some nefarious people too.
Stillhouse Lake had a good amount of suspense and mystery. Gwen was a great heroine. She has learned from her mistakes and she was ready for battle. She went from being naive to a fighter. She was ready to defend what she loved the most. When Mel's true identity was revealed, her blindfold was ripped from her face.
I enjoyed this book. It had enough positives to make me want to read the next two books without enduring the wait since they are both out.
“That smile tells me he’s not done. That we’re not done.”